SPRINGFIELD, MA ? The Manchester Monarchs took the lead in the second period and never looked back as they beat the Springfield Falcons, 3-1, in front of 2,843 fans at the MassMutual Center on Friday night.
Manchester (13-14-0-4, 30 points) is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Springfield (12-15-3-1, 28 points) is in sixth place in the Atlantic Division.
Right wing Bud Holloway gave the Monarchs the lead for the rest of the night with a nifty shorthanded goal at 5:22 of the second stanza. Left wing Paul Crosty was sitting in the penalty box for slashing when the Falcons lost control of the biscuit in their own zone. Holloway picked up the puck in the right circle and made deked a Falcons defender toward the top of the crease. The rookie winger put a backhander on net that trickled its way through netminder Devan Dubnyk's legs. Holloway's seventh goal of the season was unassisted.
The Monarchs found the back of the net first in the contest with center Scott Parse's fifth goal of the season. Skating with a 5-on-3 man advantage, defenseman Alec Martinez worked the puck deep into the Falcons zone before finding center Marty Murray stationed low in the right face-off circle. Murray dished the saucer to Parse who managed to beat Dubnyk high on the blocker side at 8:20 in the first frame.
Adding their own power play goal, the Falcons found twine just 10-seconds into a tripping penalty served by Monarchs defenseman Davis Drewiske. At 10:26 in the first period, defenseman Sebastian Bisaillon worked the puck around to center Gilbert Brule at the point who ripped a slap shot toward the net. The shot ricocheted off of goaltender Jonathan Bernier's right pad, clanked off the left post and into the net. Defenseman Mathieu Roy was credited with his fourth assist on Brule's ninth tally of the season.
Three minutes after the Monarch's second tally, center David Meckler put one past Dubnyk's glove. Defenseman Theo Peckham broke his stick in his own zone and lost control of the puck. Monarchs center Tyler Mosienko dropped the puck back to Meckler who skated in and snapped one past the goaltender for his eighth of the season.
Bernier (7-8-2) earned his seventh win of the season with 24 saves on 25 shots. Dubnyk (12-17-1) took the loss with 26 saves.
Manchester went 1-for-4 on the power play. Springfield was 1-for-6 with the man advantage.